Scientists discover new moth in South Australia

Scientists discover new moth in South Australia

A team of entomologists have discovered a new family of mothon Kangaroo Island in South Australia and this has created a lot of excitement in the scientific community.

The new family of moth includes a single species called, Aenigmatineaglatzella. It has been observed at only one site on a single type of pine tree. Richard Glatz, a professional entomologist, and field worker Andy Young was behind the discovery of the new family of moth. The moth is also called Enigma moth and it has wings only about four millimeters long and more resembles a caddis-fly than a moth.

The feamles are in metallic purple color, while the males are golden in colour. The physical characteristics of this moth make the species an evolutionary enigma. The species' wings and genitalia are primitive and it has markedly reduced mouth parts including the lack of tong. The two collected moths were sent to Ted Edwards of the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC).

Edwards and colleague Douglas Hilton of the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne collaborated with NeilsKristensen, at the University of Copenhagen, who said that they belong to a new family.

The discovery was described earlier this year in the journal Systematic Entomology. Douglas Hilton and Ted Edwards have reported the study in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CSIRO) 'The Conversation.'


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